Champions League: Xavi reacts as Real Madrid, Villarreal qualify for semi-finals

Champions League: Xavi reacts as Real Madrid, Villarreal qualify for semi-finals

Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez has said Real Madrid and Villarreal reaching the semi-finals of this season’s Champions League, show the strength of LaLiga.

Real knocked out holders Chelsea, while Villarreal eliminated German champions, Bayern Munich.

Xavi, whose side were relegated to the Europa League, praised their Spanish rivals for their progress.

“What happened on Tuesday shows that LaLiga is not far behind the Premier League.

“No matter what, LaLiga will always be LaLiga and it’s very competitive. I saw both games. I am a soccer fan. And in the end our main goal is to be back in the Champions League.

“By the way, Villarreal are a big club now, aren’t they? You all should put them on your big clubs list,” Xavi told a press conference.